• November 24, 2008

    Obama Picks Economic Team

    President-elect Barack Obama has announced three members of his economic team, calling on the experts to devise a plan to address the concerns of both Wall Street and Main Street.

  • November 21, 2008

    Legal Experts Reveal Root Causes Of Firm Failures

    Experts have spoken out on the root causes of law firm failures and predict a steady number of mergers and dissolutions even after the economy recovers, shedding light on a matter of great concern to law firm management teams worried that their ships might be headed in the same direction as Heller Ehrman LLP and Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner LLP.

  • November 19, 2008

    Under Obama, IP Reforms May Still Come Slow

    For all the change associated with President-elect Barack Obama, intellectual property experts do not expect much of it to be coming any time soon to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office or the U.S. International Trade Commission.

  • November 20, 2008

    Uncertainty Looms For Nonequity Partners

    Nonequity partners in the nation's law firms may be in for a rocky ride in the months ahead as management moves them up or out in a continued effort to weather the economic downturn, legal experts say.

  • January 13, 2009

    EPA Enforcement Drop Spurs Environmental Litigation

    The number of federal environmental lawsuits filed in 2008 has risen for the first time since 2005, suggesting that the Bush administration's drop in enforcement actions, growing state activism and the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on greenhouse gas regulation all have worked to drive litigation upward — a trend that many expect to continue under the next president.

  • November 17, 2008

    EPA Raises Renewable Fuel Standard To 10.2%

    Gasoline refiners, importers and blenders will have to ensure that 10.21 percent of their fuel is made up of renewable energy sources next year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced.

  • November 14, 2008

    As Lawyer Salaries Level Off, Hot Areas Still Pay Big

    Although salaries in the legal profession might have leveled off, lawyers practicing in currently hot areas can expect to earn more in 2009, according to an industry salary guide.

  • November 11, 2008

    Faulting Economy, White & Case Cuts 70 Associates

    A rough financial market has pressed law firm White & Case LLP to trim its associate head count by 70 and its nonlegal support staff by around 90, the firm announced on Tuesday.

  • November 12, 2008

    Changes Expected At EEOC, But Nothing Too Radical

    There will likely be additional funding for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and some changes in the number and type of enforcement actions brought, but experts doubt there will be a radical shift at the agency once President-elect Barack Obama comes into office.

  • November 13, 2008

    DOJ Likely To Take New Antitrust Stance Under Obama

    Even on the campaign trail, where discussions of antitrust policy are unlikely to be a crowd-pleaser, President-elect Barack Obama publicly criticized the Bush administration for being too lax on reviewing corporate mergers.

  • November 18, 2008

    Teamwork, Turf Wars For State AGs Under Obama

    With a newly minted administration under President-elect Barack Obama set to sweep into Washington promising more regulation and increased enforcement actions in several sectors, is the era of the crusading state attorney general over? Not necessarily, according to attorneys who monitor federal regulations.

  • November 5, 2008

    Google Abandons Advertising Deal With Yahoo

    Google Inc. has decided to withdraw from a proposed online advertising partnership with Yahoo Inc. rather than face off with the U.S. Department of Justice in a protracted antitrust battle.

  • November 3, 2008

    Competing Firms Bond To Protect The Voting Process

    More than 10,000 lawyers, paralegals and law students around the country and 75 of the nation's top law firms have volunteered their time staffing call centers and monitoring polling stations to make sure that every American who is registered to vote is able to do so through Election Protection, a nonpartisan voter protection program spearheaded by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

  • November 4, 2008

    Obama Victory Heralds Revamp Of Employment Law

    Though the economic downturn may push things back somewhat, experts anticipate that President-elect Barack Obama will move forward with pro-employee policies on both the legislative and regulatory fronts.

  • December 11, 2008

    NY WARN Act Could Snag Unprepared Employers

    The New York State Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, which goes into effect Feb. 1, is more expansive and affects more employers than the federal WARN Act. Given the perilous time for companies, the law could instantly become problematic across the Empire State, experts say.

  • October 29, 2008

    Firms Dive Into Feeding Frenzy As Thelen Dissolves

    Forced to close up shop amid a wave of departures and bleak economic projections, Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner LLP is attracting a multitude of rival firms looking to pick through Thelen's assets and build up their own rosters.

  • October 28, 2008

    Auditors Make For Likely Targets In Tough Time

    Accounting firms will likely become a target of scorned investors trying to recover some of the money they lost in this bear market. But lawyers and law professors said plaintiffs may have a hard time getting their hands too deeply into the pockets of the firms.

  • October 27, 2008

    Treasury Funds 'Going Out The Door' To First 9 Banks

    Nine major banks participating in the U.S. government's equity purchase program are set to get their capital infusion from the Treasury Department this week, a department official said Monday.

  • October 23, 2008

    Associate Layoffs Spike In October

    October has been the most treacherous month so far this year for associates at top-tier law firms, marked by a whopping 226 pink slips amid Heller Ehrman LLP's implosion and wide-scale layoffs at institutions like Clifford Chance LLP and Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP, Law360's analysis shows.

  • January 20, 2009

    Large Firms Unlikely To Drop Pro Bono Work: Experts

    A number of high-profile law firm implosions and several rounds of lawyer layoffs have made many wonder whether pro bono work may have to take a back seat during a down economy.